Howe Keld

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Address: 5-7 The Heads, Keswick, CA12 5ES, England

Star rating:
4 star hotel

4.7

One of the cosiest and greenest bed and breakfasts in the Lakes.

Billed as "The Natural Place to Stay", Howe Keld is a deserving winner under the Green Tourism Business Scheme.

It's a rarity: a high-standard but homely b&b that boasts excellent environmental credentials without sacrificing the quality of the experience.

The property was overhauled in 2010 to expand into the neighbouring townhouse and modernise the aesthetics. I was impressed by every aspect of this well thought-out business - from the design to the menu.

A little gem.

Location
4.6
90%
Eating/drinking
4.5
90%
Leisure facilities
n/a
90%
Service
4.6
90%
Value for money
4.7
90%
Bedrooms
4.7
90%
Public areas
4.6
90%

Location

At the heart of Keswick across from the main public car park. But the owners are keen to suggest non-car options with a five-minute walk to Derwentwater (ask about discounted tickets for the Keswick launch) and a bus stop outside for walks in Borrowdale and Buttermere.

Coming by train, it's £30 in a taxi from Penrith - or save money and take the direct bus.

Bedrooms

With lots of local oak and cherry wood, the 14 meticulous bedrooms feel natural, fresh and very welcoming. Muted colours, local Herdwick carpets and lots of thoughtful, homely touches add to the home-from-home ambience.

The top-sprung beds come with European-style, individual duvets, while the slate-floor bathrooms feature toiletries by Pure Lakes natural products.

Back rooms have bath and shower, but no views; my favourite suite is the Cherry Room with soft wood and warm red hues.

Public areas

A bright, homely lounge and a window-lined breakfast room with natural products and slate mats complete the picture.

Eating and drinking

No evening meals but breakfast offers a welcome respite from the pile-it-high fry up of most hotels with a vegetarian theme to the food.

I loved tucking into muesli, fruit and yogurt, followed by organic pancakes with maple syrup. So healthy.

Service

The vibe is casual but friendly, the service attentive and thoughtful, and everything is underpinned with a keen awareness of environmental issues.

Who stays there

It's an across-the-board option with international visitors, families (two family rooms), walkers and people attending events at the nearby Theatre on the Lake.

Price advice

Bank holidays enforce a three-night minimum booking and carry a supplement; weekend tariff at a supplement - but still good value.

Amenities

  • High-Speed Internet
  • Parking

Recommended for

  • Business travellers
  • Couples
  • Culture vultures
  • Families with teenagers
  • Singles
  • Shopping
  • Sightseeing
  • No fuss
  • Chilling out
  • Design and architecture

Pros & Cons

  • Strong design ethic
  • Professionally run
  • Green conscience
  • No stilettos on wooden floors
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